2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week: Full events list

You’re invited to join your colleagues in our annual celebration of diversity and inclusion that occurs throughout the week of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, beginning Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.

The 2021 UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week is a collaborative effort between individuals within UI Health Care, chaired by Nicole Nisly, MD. The planning committee* is pleased to offer ways to celebrate cultural diversity during the pandemic.

Land Acknowledgement: Take time this week to recognize, review, and reflect on the University of Iowa Acknowledgement of Land and Sovereignty

CultureVision Scavenger Hunt (Tuesday through Friday)

  • Visit CultureVision each day during Human Rights Week and search for the answers to the Scavenger Hunt questions. Those who answer all questions correctly will have a chance to be entered into a drawing for Bread Garden treats.
  • Connect with CultureVision while you’re off campus, using Username: UIOWA and password: medicine1. CultureVision can also be accessed via The Point (under Top Links), The Loop (under Tools on the Employee Info page), clinical desktops, and at uiowa.edu/diversity (look for the CultureVision icon on the bottom left of the page).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinars

Please watch these webinars to supplement your understanding of diversity and human rights. Links to each video will be released on Monday, Jan. 18.

Monday, Jan. 18

  • Join the UI Day of Service: Each year, a Day of Service takes place during which we come together to serve our community alongside local non-profits. This year, the service opportunity will consist of two parts: an at-home service project and food drive. If you are interested in participating in the Day of Service, fill out this form.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

International Cuisine: Honduras

  • UI Hospitals & Clinics, Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Enjoy pork carnitas with corn tortillas (with Pico de Gallo and Crema), black beans, plantains, and arroz con leche.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

  • Register for the MLK Human Rights Week Distinguished Lecture: Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA, dean for diversity and community partnership and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture as part of our 2021 celebration: “Bending the Arc Toward Equity and Social Justice: Addressing the Imperative.” This virtual event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Learn more and register for the event.
  • Participate in today’s CultureVision Scavenger hunt. This survey will remain open until tomorrow at 5 a.m.

International Cuisine: Greece

  • UI Hospitals & Clinics, Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Featuring lemon garlic chicken, horiatiki salad, aromatic spanakorizo rice, and kourabiedes (butter cookies).

Thursday, Jan. 21

International Cuisine: England

  • Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7)
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Enjoy Shepherd’s pie with lamb, Brussel sprouts, and strawberry-rhubarb fool

Friday, Jan. 22

International Cuisine: Germany

  • Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7)
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Featuring German sausage and sauerkraut, potato dumplings, pretzel bites with beer cheese dip, and black forest brownies.

*The planning committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week includes Sarah Averill, MD; Nicole Del Castillo, MD; Monique Galpin; Nibras Elnour; Crystal S Hardinger; Jontell Harris; Molly Kucera; Denise Martinez, MD; Jessica Murry; Nicole Nisly, MD and chair; Nancy Owen; and Rebecca Peoples, second-year medical student.

Learn more about how the University of Iowa will celebrate Human Rights week.



    • Dear Deborah,
      Thank you for your question. In previous years, we offered a dollar amount gift card that was taxable. However, last year’s winners were offered a coupon for a specific item (any drink) that was not taxable.

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